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Multicultural California leads nation in
Just 56 percent of Californians speak English at home
Spanish most used non-English language
185 languages spoken in Los Angeles region
Breanna Sanchez, 9, performs with Folklorico Calli at an event in celebration of National
Hispanic Heritage Month on Oct. 14, 2012 in Sacramento. Renee C. Byer -
BY DAN WALTERS
d walters@sacbee. com
California’s cultural complexity, unmatched by any other state, is
on graphic display in a new Densus Bureau report.
Just 56 percent of the 35 million Californians over the age of 4
speak only English at home, the Census Bureau study found,
proportionately far fewer than residents of any other state.
Not surprisingly, of the 44 percent who speak some language
other than English at home, two-thirds speak Spanish, the study,
covering the years 2009-2013, determined. Latinos are now
California’s largest ethnic group.
Accordingly, the study also found that among largest
metropolitan areas, the Los Angeles region featured the nation’s
second highest number of languages spoken, 185, with 54
percent of its residents over 4 years old speaking some language
other than English at home.
The New York area had largest number of languages spoken,
192, but its percentage of non-English users, 38 percent, was far
smaller than those in the Los Angeles region.
Among other culturally complex states, Texas was second to
California’s 44 percent in the proportion of residents speaking
something other than English at home, 35 percent, followed by
New York at 30 percent and Florida at 28 percent.
Overall, the study found at least 350 languages being spoken in
the nation, including 150 Native American languages.
While Spanish is by far the most common non-English language
spoken by Californians at home (10.1 million residents), Chinese
is second at 1 million, followed by Tagalog (Philippines) at
764,743, Vietnamese at 521,534 and Korean at 372,742.
The least-spoken are mostly dozens of Native American
languages, with Navajo, at 1,401, the most used of those.
Dan Walters: 916-321-1195 , firstname.lastname@example.org, @WaltersBee
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